Kent businesses who attended the FSB Kent Big Brunch this month heard first-hand the impact of women in business on the economy.
Kent area leader Deborah Turner told delegates: “Our recent research reveals an estimated 40% increase in UK economic contribution and a 26% increase in employment generated by women owned businesses. Developing and supporting women’s enterprise is proven to be critically important for economic prosperity.”
Deborah continued: “Over the past few years we have dramatically increased the visibility of women in business through events such as this. Now we can prove our worth economically, too.”
Guests heard from three guest speakers on the topics social media, mental health and funding for business. Speaker Julie Hall, Google Digital trainer and entrepreneur encouraged delegates “to consider the legacy your business will leave. When planning your social media, choose one media channel and really master it.” Julie offered delegates a free social media planner, all of which were snapped up immediately.
Kent County councillor Diane Marsh spoke about mental health in the workplace from her personal perspective. “I know how hard it can be as my father committed suicide due to poor mental health when I was young.” Diane asked guests to share the Release the Pressure freephone number with anyone they think may be struggling to cope.
Kent County Council’s strategic programme manager Jacqui Ward then offered businesses access to £56million via the Kent and Medway Business Fund. “Looking at my data, I can see that only 18-20% of applicants for this fund were from women-owned business. I want this number to increase in 2019.”